RPGs are large scale releases that more often than not get the most recognition. With wide open game worlds and different characters and NPCs on the map, these games are in high demand.
In general, this need is met by the big name developers of the game industry. But sometimes independent developers knock it out of the park too, with the occasional release that even matches the AAA checklist or manages to deliver a unique experience that no other video game could. These kinds of RPGs tend to become rare gems, which usually remain a one-time outing.
As of 2022, many such indie RPGs have been released in recent years that can keep players engaged in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are the five best indie RPGs for players to try out in June.
Remark: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the writer only.
Top 5 Indie RPGs Players Must Watch in June 2022
Tunic is an action-adventure RPG from developer Andrew Shouldice and published by Finji. The game follows the adventures of an anthropomorphic fox in a world full of enemies and boss battles. Tunic was released on March 16, 2022, on all platforms and will come to next-gen consoles in September 2022.
The game is played in an isometric view, with players maneuvering the fox around the world. Exploration is the main driver of the game, as the story, in-game text, and dialogue are all delivered in a language that players aren’t usually intended to understand.
Tunic uses certain metroidvania elements, with some areas inaccessible until an item is obtained or enough progress is made in the story. The combat and world are similar to the Soulsborne series, with a stamina meter used for rolls and attacks and a checkpoint system similar to Dark Souls’ bonfires.
Hades is the roguelike that stole the show in 2020 when it was released. Developed by Supergiant Games, this game tells an original story set in the underworld lands of Greek mythology. Following in the footsteps of Zagreus, the son of Hades, lord of the dead, this RPG sees the protagonist making his way through many areas of the land of the dead in order to escape from the underworld.
Players traverse the lands of Tartarus, Asphodel, Elysium and the Temple of Styx, battling through various monsters and bosses, while also making new friends with several famous figures from Greek myths and the gods themselves.
The many friends Zagreus makes along the way will give him various items to help him on his journey, while the gods can grant him various favors, which players can switch as needed. Being a roguelike, the game repeats the same gameplay loop of the four areas, while further playthroughs unlock newer endings.
3) Disco Elysium
Widely regarded as one of the best indie RPGs ever made, Disco Elysium is developed and published by ZA/UM and released on October 15, 2019. The protagonist of this game and the player’s character is a detective who attempts a murder on while dealing with amnesia. † Disco Elysium is shown in an isometric view from above, with players controlling their character.
The game focuses on the various attributes that players must assign while creating characters. This determines how the player’s character functions in the open world of the game, which skills they are more suited to and what they are most likely to fail at.
Primary attributes in the game are Intellect, Psyche, Physique, and Motorics, which players can further improve by leveling up. The game does not feature direct combat, instead opting for TTRPG style skill checks, which, if successful, will allow players to perform actions. Dialogue is also an important aspect that determines how the story unfolds.
4) Walk Hero
Loop Hero is an RPG from Russian developer Four Quarters set in an endlessly continuous world. The gameplay follows a hero at the end of the world where reality itself will soon be destroyed by none other than God himself, known here as Omega. This top-down retro style 2D game will encourage players to use their creativity and ingenuity to advance through the map.
The hero is spawned in the game world, which at the beginning is a simple looped path populated by a handful of enemies. The loop is further enhanced by playing different cards on the map to gain passive abilities, add stronger enemies, and make other such changes in the game.
Players can choose to play as one of three classes: Warrior, Rogue and Necromancer, each with its own specific characteristics and unique attacks. Enemy encounters take place separately from the exploration gameplay, with each enemy defeat giving players a few drops, including new cards, which can be used to further traverse the map. The higher the enemy level, the better the drops.
5) The Forgotten City
From developer Modern Storyteller, The Forgotten City was released as a standalone game in July 2021, although it started life as a mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This game is a first-person action-adventure RPG set in an ancient Roman city hidden in the underground areas near the Tiber River in Italy.
Players control an unnamed protagonist, who finds himself in this city and becomes embroiled in the politics and assassination plot. There is one rule about the city that asks the citizens not to commit sin, the so-called Golden Rule. If you break this rule, you will be turned into a golden statue.
The story of this small-scale game is complicated and contains many small side missions for players to complete. An important aspect of the gameplay is the reset mechanic, which is a portal that players can go through at any time to reset all events to the moment they arrive in the city. Therefore, if players die for some reason, the game will reset and all progress will be lost.
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